Students Head Back to School at CSAT

August 22, 2012 Updated Aug 22, 2012 at 1:54 PM EDT

By Kyla Igoe

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August 22, 2012 Updated Aug 22, 2012 at 1:54 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - More than 1,600 students filled the campus of the Charter School for Applied Technologies (CSAT) Wednesday to mark the beginning of the 2012-2013 school year. CSAT is the largest charter in New York State. The school offers an extended school year as well as an extended class day.

"If a child starts with an extended day and year they will get an equivalent of 3 extra years of education Kindergarten through twelfth grade," said CSAT Princial Andrew Lyle. "We're really pushing our kids as well as creating relationships with local colleges so when they are juniors and seniors we have extra opportunities for them."

The new Common Core Standards approved by the New York State Board of Regents will also be implemented this year for schools and focuses on English Language Arts, Literacy and Math.

"By having our curriculum more vigorous we're going to dive deep," said Teacher Jennifer Lyons. "I think it will be an exciting year. A year where students can take risks and really get a deep understanding of so many different levels they never experienced before."